Giving birth versus having an abortion
A 2006 study reviewed the life history of scores of
women who became pregnant as teenagers. Half
of them gave birth and the other half had
The study concluded that “childbirth was
associated with a lower likelihood of receiving
psychological counseling services , less frequent
sleep problems, and a lower probability of smoking
marijuana when compared to abortion.”
- Journal of Youth and AdolescenceAnother report provided “the results of the
record based studies in the world.”
The studies revealed that Women with a
known history of abortion experience higher
rates of mental problems of various forms
when compared to Women without a
known abortion history.”
- Report of the South Dakota Task Force to
Study Abortion (2005)
purposeful interruption of the process of development at
whichever particular time after conception to birth.
In medical terms it can be referred to as termination of a
pregnancy before the normal development of a fetus that is
ending the gestation after the zygote attaches itself on the
uterine wall and before the fetus is able to survive on its own.
According to a 2007 Global Study reported in 2003 there were an
estimated 42 million induced abortions came from every
nationality and race, from a variety of religious backgrounds,
and from every level of income, education and age between
puberty and menopause.
What is Abortion?
Two types of abortion
Miscarriage - accidental which
occurs without a medical
Therapeutic - which is carried out
by a physician.
Abortion can be carried out in
manual vacuum aspiration
Source (Robinson, 1997).
I. Strengths and weaknesses
II. Pros and Cons
III. Advantages and Disadvantages
IV. Point of view
In some countries around the world, Abortion is a means of birth control and
it is therefore a legal procedure. Though women have been endowed with
the gift of bearing a life form, an abortion gives them the option whether
they want to avail the present or not.
Women seek abortions for a variety of reasons, ranging from financial
problems, to a failed perhaps abusive relationship that results in their not
wanting any further ties with the man. Or the pregnancy may not simply fit
into the plans of the woman or the couple.
At times abortion is chosen to protect a reputation. Regardless of the
situation, usually the decision to terminate a pregnancy deliberately is not
an easy one.
In some cases where women are raped, getting pregnant with such a child is
yet another brutality they would be forced to bear. Thus, the option of
abortion is the best for them.
The life of the victim is filled with guilt and self pity. This
affects the social growth of that person and at times hates the
sound of a crying or a laughing baby.
Abortion defiles the important purpose of women, which is
being a mother. In this practice women consider more so their
own desires and forget those of others.
For many women, the guilt and shame is expressed through a
deep anger--at the doctors and abortion counselors for
hurting her and her baby, at her husband, boyfriend, or
parents for pressuring her into an abortion, and at herself for
getting pregnant and having the abortion.
Abortion helps to safeguard women's health. There are
many women, who suffer from various hazardous medical
conditions and if these diseases had threaten the life of the
Woman, an abortion often helps to avoid serious medical
complications from childbirth. But abortion should be
carried out after proper medical advice as it can lead to
potential miscarriages in the future.
In male chauvinistic societies, women are considered
nothing more than child bearing machines. Therefore, a
right to abortion gives her an individual identity, as per
which she can decide the fate of her child.
At times, abortion also helps in keeping a check on the size of
It can serve as a potent tool to undo mistakes, thereby
preventing mothers to be forced for raising a child at a
The convenience of abortion provides the parents with an
option of having a wanted child.
In its absence, any unwanted pregnancy would lead to the
birth of many children, who weren't wanted.
This could immensely hamper the social strata of the society,
having negative implications especially on child's psyche.
An abortion can be considered a brutality as it does not give the
child in the womb, a chance at life.
In effect, it is highly condemned by a lot of religions as well.
Abortion is often used as a type of birth control by many women.
This in a way promotes infidelity, wherein women can easily have
many sexual relationships, which would eventually end up in
An abortion always lessens the chances of having children later in
Abortion also promotes an irresponsible behavior amongst people,
as they do not want to take responsibility of their own actions.
It gives them the freedom of committing careless activities and
then getting rid of them easily.
Abortion can lead to many medical complications such as infection,
sepsis, recurrent miscarriages, etc.
Young women frequently cite concerns about the impact of
unplanned pregnancy on their educational and financial future as
reasons for seeking abortion.
(“Abortion Among Young Women and Subsequent Life Outcomes,” by
David M. Fergusson et al., published in the March 2007 issue of
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health”. )
The study finds that abortion allowed women to pursue their
educational goals. However, similar advantages did not extend to
income, welfare dependence or partnership outcomes.
Often, parents abort children with defects because they don't want
to face the certain suffering and pain that comes with caring for a
handicapped individual. By aborting the child, they believe they are
aborting the trouble.
Abortion promotes irresponsible behaviors by offering people
opportunities to commit careless activities to get rid of their
problems and fail to face the sure consequences of their actions.
Abortion can lead to medical complications which may vary with
the type of abortion carried out. A medical abortion has a
lifelong of 21 days to come to a complete end and calls for
several visits to ensure safety.
Bleeding is also a complication associated with abortion. Some
tissue remains may cause abdominal pains, cramps, and bleeding
within the weeks of the procedure.
Psychological impairment is the other complication that results
Most of the abortions done around the world are extremely
dangerous and harmful. They therefore result in women suffering
psychologically. It goes to an extent of women defiling their
spiritual beliefs by killing the unborn child.
Many women dealing with the effects of abortion spend a
great deal of emotional energy denying the death and denying
that what they did was wrong.
A woman uses denial to keep herself from coming face to face
with the fact that her child was killed and she allowed it to
Abortion is not an eraser to rub out a mistake or an
inconvenience. It has more than one victim; women as well as
their babies are victims of abortions.
It is essential that a woman grieve for her baby and face her role
in the baby's death; in fact, women who allow themselves to
grieve and understand their need to grieve are not likely to
experience post-abortion syndrome.
But even more essential is that women who have had abortions
accept that there really has been a death, that abortion is sin,
and that the Lord Jesus Christ's death covered every wrong they
have ever done.
Points of view
No sin--not even abortion--is greater than the power of His
blood, and He offers total forgiveness and cleansing to
everyone who will come to Him in faith.
God is the One who gives life, and only He has the right to
take it away. Every person, born or unborn, is a precious soul
made by God, in His image. Every life is a sacred trust from
God we need to celebrate and protect.
‘An embryo is not a potential human,
but a human with potential’
- The Roman Catholic Church
How to remain resolute and deal with the
stress of rearing an unplanned or even
The bible wisely observes: The plans of the diligent one surely make for
advantage, but everyone that is hasty surely heads for want. – Proverbs
Many people now a day’s faced difficult circumstances because of
unintended pregnancy. Yet some of them refuse to get an abortion. They
refused to get an abortion because they are ready but not planned to what
a married life is all about.
Seek help to people that could helped you locate some agencies that
provide assistance to those who experience unplanned pregnancy. In many
countries, there are such agencies that provide help for new mothers in
The internet or local phone directories, which are usually available in most
public libraries, can be used to locate these. Seeking help may take effort,
but it is “the plans of the diligent one” that bring success.
Avoid haste and make practical plans
“As regards anyone wise,” says the Bible, “his eyes are in his
head; but the stupid one is walking on in sheer darkness.” –
A truly wise man does not shun her eyes to reality and ‘walk in
the dark’, so as to speak. She uses the ‘eyes in her head’, which
in effect serve her intellectual powers.
This enables her accurately to evaluate the consequences of
Thus, in contrast with one who closes her eyes to the reality of
what is taking place in her womb, the wise woman acts with
heartfelt compassion to protect her living embryo.
Face the reality of Human life
If pressured by others to have an abortion, those who may initially
consider terminating their pregnancy are wise to reflect on the Bible
“Being afraid of people can get you into trouble, but if you trust the
Lord, you will be safe.” – Proverbs 29:25
We shouldn’t be afraid to stand for our rights and no one will take
away our rights to gave birth on our own child.
Even the doctor telling you that you need to undergo an abortion to
save your life or your own parents forcing to abort your own child
cannot prevent you to give life to your own child.
What fear of people can do
The Bible states: “The friendship of Jehovah Is with them that fear him. –
What influences the decision of many who refuse to have an abortion is
their consideration of how their creator feels about the matter.
Enjoying friendship with God, and doing what pleases him, is their
Only god gives life and we are not authorized to cut off the life of an
Friendship with God, the Source of life, deepens our respect for the life in
the womb. (Psalm 36:9)
Moreover, God can provide “power beyond what is normal” to help a
woman and her family cope with any unplanned pregnancy. (2 Corinthians
Friendship with God has power
Parents that refuse abortion are not plagued by feelings of guilt or
an unresolved sense of sadness and loss.
In time, they truly viewed “the fruitage of the belly” as a reward
not a curse!” (Psalm 127:3).
Why is acting in harmony with God’s view of life so beneficial?
Because as the Source of Life, God sets out his laws and standards in
the Bible “for [our] good,” or “for [our] own well-being.” –
Many who have come to understand God’s view of life have no
regrets for their decision to preserve the life of the child they now
In conclusion, abortion as a legal option for women
contradicts the government’s priorities to protect a
human’s rights, it exposes women to the possibility of
permanent physical and emotional damage and to being
forced against their will and it degrades the moral values
set down by the Christian founders of our western
Reasons women give for why they seek abortion are often
far more complex than simply not intending to become
pregnant; the decision to have an abortion is usually
motivated by more than one factor.
While improved contraceptive use can help reduce
unintended pregnancy and abortion, some abortions will
remain difficult to prevent, because of limits to women's
ability to determine and control all circumstances of their